THE achievements of children and young people in care will be celebrated at a special event this week.

The red carpet will be rolled out to welcome around 80 local young people to the glittering event at the Riverside Stadium on Friday (November 18).

The 2016 Looked After Children Achievement Evening at the Riverside Stadium is recognition of the successes and achievements of the last year.

Local singer Jamie Gray, who has performed with chart-topping Teessider James Arthur, will provide the entertainment, and awards and certificates will be presented to a number of young people.

The event will also feature a raffle for the foster carers with prizes donated from local businesses, face painting, photo booth, disco, sweet cart and local magician Luke Howell.

Councillor Mike Carr, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Social Care, said: “It’s vital that we do everything we can to ensure our looked after children have the best possible start in life.

“Those firm foundations enable them to go on to achieve great things, and they deserve recognition for the contribution to they make to the town.

“The annual Achievement Evening is a fantastic opportunity for all involved to get together and celebrate some truly remarkable stories.”